by PuckStopsHere on 04/29/14 at 09:26 PM ET
The Anaheim Ducks won their first round playoff series against the Dallas Stars and are waiting to play the winner of the San Jose/ Los Angeles series. They won their first round series largely with rookie Frederik Andersen in goal. Andersen did not post particularly good numbers in the first round series. He had a 3.40 GAA and a .892 saves percentage. In two games he was replaced by veteran Jonas Hiller. All told Hiller played a little over forty minutes in the first round and did not allow any goals.
Hiller will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and seemed to fall out of favor with Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau. He has tried to replace Hiller in the later part of the season in order to prepare for next season when Hiller will likely be gone. The hope in Anaheim is that young goalies Andersen and John Gibson could carry the load. It isn't clear that a top team can remain a contender by jettisoning their only proven NHL goalie.
At any rate, the only sensible move for Anaheim is to start Jonas Hiller in the second round of the playoffs. They have shown that they need a proven goalie to succeed. Plans to let their only proven goalie leave this summer need to be rethought. Going into next season with no proven goaltending is a recipe for disaster. Anaheim will need a proven goaltending option to remain a contender.
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